Three important areas of the philosophy of mind will be covered, with the intention of presenting ‘state of the art’ introduction to all three. They are; (1) the mind-body problem; (2) free-will; (3) the philosophy of perception.
(1) The mind-body problem. This part of the course will consider the ‘knowledge argument’ against physicalism, and responses from Dennett, Lewis, and the ‘phenomenal concept strategy’.
(2) Free-will. We will look at attempts to articulate what free-will is supposed to be; (this is harder than you might imagine); and also arguments, such as van Inwagen’s, against compatibilism.
(3) The philosophy of perception. We will consider attempts by philosophers such as Mike Martin and Bill Brewer to defend naïve realism and disjunctivism; attempts to articulate intentional and representational theories (eg Searle, Crane, Schellenberg). Finally we will see whether the sense-datum theory is fit to be revived.